Finally, I’m not sure that a detailed explanation of the technology behind the ARC-2 system is really needed, and many audiophiles will rely on dealer setup. But, people and speakers do get moved, and high-enders love to tweak and fiddle. Accordingly be aware that you can readily find out the technical details and get some good high-tech reviews by putting “ARC-2 room correction” into your computer search routine. (Be aware that the ARC-2 system in the 9H is designed and used in very different ways than the ARC-2 in Anthem receivers, and for home theater.)
At the same time, you should also be aware that Paradigm speakers and the manufacturers of the Anthem ARC-2 room correction system are one company, and the Paradigm is designed around its proprietary room-correction system. This allows it to correct for dips of up to 6dB and peaks of up to at least 30dB.
I’d dearly love to see the Anthem aside of Anthem-Paradigm make an outboard ARC-2 unit that could be adjusted to suit any given speaker. In the interim, however, I’ve found that past attempts to provide universal room correction that cannot be tailored to an individual speaker’s design often fall seriously short of providing the best performance in dynamics, power handling, and distortion. Both Paradigm and Legacy avoid this by ensuring the speaker’s capabilities match the room correction and vice versa—although they take very different approaches. The results really pay off in superior sound quality.
One of the best around. Highly recommended.
Specs & Pricing
Type: 6-driver, 3-1/2 way hybrid floorstander with active-bass acoustic suspension
Crossover: Third-order electro-acoustic at 2.4kHz (tweeter/mid), third-order at 400Hz (mid/front bass), second-order at 200Hz (rear bass)
Amplifier: Each woofer pair is powered by a separate DSP-controlled 700W RMS amplifier
Room correction: Anthem Room Correction, with included calibrated microphone
Frequency response: On-axis, ±2dB from 19Hz–45kHz; 30° off-axis, ±2dB from 19Hz–20kHz
Drivers: 1" beryllium dome tweeter; 7" beryllium mid/bass; four 8-1/2" woofers
Sensitivity: Room/Anechoic, 96dB/93dB
Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
Suitable amplifier power range: 15–500 watts
Maximum input power: 400 watts
Dimensions: 11.875" x 51.75" x 20.5"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Price: $35,000 per pair
PARADIGM ELECTRONICS INC.
205 Annagem Blvd.
Mississauga, ON L5T 2V1